Smithers/Telkwa win bid to host MInerals North 2016


Smithers and Telkwa will co-host the 2016 Minerals North Conference.

The announcement was made last week at this year's conference in Vanderhoof.  Smithers, which last hosted in 2008, will follow Mackenzie which is hosting the 2015 conference.  Expected attendence is approximately 500-700 delegates.  Mayor Taylor Bachrach was quoted saying "It's going to be good for the economy and the community and a whole lot of fun to host.  Minerals North is really a chance to showcase the role exploration and mining play in the Bulkley Valley and the region as a whole."

"Smithers will be able to make use of the new arena to host events simultaneously.  Events such as Minerals North were a large part of the business plan of the new piece of infrastructure.  Smithers is now able to host larger events and put on a bigger show come time for the conference in 2016."

Telkwa and Smithers are so closely knit that it made sense to co-host the event.